Review: A.M. Arthur – Foundation of Trust (Cost Of Repairs #5)

Author: A.M. Arthur
Reviewer: Natalie
Publisher: Briggs-King Books
Genre: MM

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Summary: David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a “stepson” he adored, a steady job he didn’t hate, and so much hope for their future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything came crashing down. Four years after Owen dumped him, David is still sifting through the rubble of his life. His catering partnership is the only thing keeping him afloat during the day, while his nights are filled with dangerous sexual hookups and very bad decisions. And then the last person he ever expected to see again walks back into his life and changes everything.

Owen Hart’s single biggest regret is the way in which he and his son Michael were forced to leave David behind—no explanations, no chance to make it right. Until now. Finally free of eight years of fear and lies, Owen’s back for the only man he’s ever truly loved. Seeing David again is as joyful as it is heartbreaking, because David is wounded in both body and soul, and it’s all Owen’s fault.

An incendiary encounter in a club proves their connection hasn’t diminished over the years, but David’s wounds run deeper than Owen’s deception. His inability to forgive Owen is fueled by a decade-old betrayal that David must first forgive if he ever hopes to have a second chance with Owen.

NOTE: This book was previously published under the same title. Cover art has been updated, and the content has been lightly edited, but no significant changes to the story or characters have been made. Updates have not been made to the pre-Marriage Equality time period of original release.

Review: This last book of the Cost of Repairs series is David’s story, Rey’s partner in the catering business. At a business event, David discovers that his ex, Owen, has come back and wants to explain what happened to make him disappear four years earlier. It’s a pretty darned good reason but David has to get past what he took, at the time, as yet another betrayal in his life. David, and Owen and his son Michael, are fully realized and vivid characters and their emotional connection was evident in the narrative.
There were aspects I didn’t care much for, such as David looking for sadistic sex partners during his time alone. It was a form of self-harm and certainly plausible but not my cuppa. The situation with the businessman’s wife and David also seemed like overkill, since it was so unrelated to the main plot line. Just a little too much extra on top of everything else and I’d rather have seen more focus on David once he got past his resistance to reconciling with Owen. I wanted more of them together and less of David being unreasonable.
Still, I liked returning to the world this series created and seeing a little more of Sam and Rey and how solid their future became. It was a good story bringing that one thread in the story arc to completion. I initially read only books 1, 2 and 4 of this series, which remain my favorites and I’m happy to have had the chance to complete it. Highly recommended books, series and author for those who enjoy a good hurt/comfort read.

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